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Y.Z. SPECIAL. AKA and see "Wyzee Hamilton Special," "Hamilton's Special Breakdown," "Concord Rag," "G Rag." Old Time, Country Rag. USA, Alabama. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is properly a country rag, not a breakdown. It was a signture piece of Alabama fiddler Y.Z. Hamilton [2] (1888 1936) and was recorded for Paramount in January, 1927.

Y.Z. Hamilton [1]

Source for notated version: Jere Canote [Phillips].

Printed sources: Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 174.

Recorded sources: Document DOCD 8032, "Alabama Stringbands 1924-1937." Parmount 33186 (78 RPM), Y.Z. Hamilton (1927). Whoop It Up! Records, Red Mountain – "Throw the Old Cow Over the Fence" (2009). Yazoo Records 2063, Y.Z. Hamilton – "Times Ain't Like They Used To Be: Early American Rural Music, vol. 5" (2007. Various artists).

See also listing at:
Hear Y.Z. Hamilton's recording at Document Records [3] and on youtube.com [4] [5]

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